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Malawi Writers Union in support of beleaguered Sudan Writers Union

Yesterday I blogged that the license for the Sudanese Writers Union (SWU) had been revoked by the ministry of culture of that country making it very difficult to do their activities. As of writing that piece the people who come out in strongly in solidarity with Sudanese Writers were the Association of Nigerian Authors, Canadian […]

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Support comes in for embattled Sudanese Writers Union

The license for the Sudanese Writers Union (SWU) was revoked on 29th January by the ministry of culture of that country. The revocation has been described as a wider crackdown by authorities on centers believed to be pro-opposition. This means that the organisation registered in 2006 to hold cultural and intellectual seminars, film screenings and […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor makes Folio Prize 2015 shortlist

In December last year I wrote a blog about The Folio Prize, the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world published in the UK. When I mentioned it the interest for me was that there were three Africans on the list: South African author Damon Galgut, Ethiopian born Mengestu […]

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No Valentines Day plans? Ankara got you sorted

Its Valentines Day on Saturday and Ankara Press have your back for the big day. They have commissioned Toni Kan, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Binyavanga Wainaina, Chuma Nwokolo, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Edwige-Renée Dro and Hawa Jande Kolakai to write romance stories for your reading pleasure. Also on board are seven talented translators, including Chikodili Emelumadu, Kola […]

Jalada Africa announces new literature prize
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Jalada Africa announces new literature prize

Jalada Africa reminds me a lot of that cartoon Pinky and The Brain. In that cartoon, The Brain is a mouse who plans to take over the world. Pinky is the mouse who messes up all his world domination plans. The only difference between the people who run the Jalada Collective and Pinky and The […]

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One African fiction writer will go home with US$40,000 in November

I am getting news of a new opportunity for African writers who engage in fiction to win some extra dosh with the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards. The new awards are aimed at recognising extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations. The winner […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Kampala 28th-31st January

Then there was Kampala, Uganda. Kampala is very important to the Writivism narrative as this was the country where the initiative was first implemented. The workshop at the biggest city in Uganda was at the Uganda Museum and facilitated by Nyana Kakoma and Dilman Dila. Nyana Kakoma is blogger in the dark art of the […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Dar es Salaam 23-25 January (Images)

While the folks in Johannesburg were living it up their workshop East Africa was busy doing the first of its workshops in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The three day workshop was being coordinated by Zukiswa Wanner and Ayeta Wangusa and the participants were Valerie Bah, Magunga Williams, Maimouna Jallow, Peter Ngila, Sima Mittal, Jacqueline Kamau, […]

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Writivism Workshops 2015: Johannesburg 23-25 January

Then there was Johannesburg. This has been considered by many to be the richest city in Africa, especially those pesky economist types. The creative writing workshop in this town was being run by Yewande Omotoso and Saaleha Idrees Bamjee. Omotoso is celebrating a “happy birthday” today (Happy Birthday to you!) but she isn’t just about […]